Trump: Blacks In Worst Shape Ever; Obama: Uh, That Whole Slavery Thing?

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In an interview aired on Friday on ABC News, President Obama called out Donald Trump’s claim earlier this week that the black community is in its worst shape “ever, ever, ever.”

“I think even most 8-year-olds will tell you that whole slavery thing wasn’t very good for black people. Jim Crow wasn’t very good for black people,” Obama told ABC.

“It’s unrealistic to think that somehow that all just completely went away, because the Civil Rights Act was passed or because Oprah’s making a lot of money or because I was elected president,” he continued. “You know, that’s not how society works. And if you have hundreds of years of racial discrimination it’s likely that the vestiges of that discrimination linger on. And we should acknowledge that and own that.”

The President also addressed the violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

Obama said that over the past few years, most people concerned about the relationship between the police and the black community have been “doing it the right way.”

“Every once in a while you see folks doing it the wrong way. Looting, breaking glass, those things are not going to advance the cause,” he said.

Obama hopes that “people in the community pull together and say, ‘How do we do this the right way?’”

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  1. How DARE the President interject reality into the campaign!

  2. That whole “C” rejection from the Trump apartments in the 70s—that was tough too.

  3. If you think of yourself as a liberal, a progressive, left of center, or in any way are repulsed by Trump, and you aren’t voting for Hillary to ensure that this insane, lying, demagogic dangerous autocrat isn’t elected president, you really need to re-think your priorities and values.

  4. "Obama hopes that "people in the community pull together and say, ‘How do we do this the right way?’”

    How about we put answering that question on your post-POTUS to-do list? Please?

  5. Avatar for denisj denisj says:

    Trump supporters,by in large, will not give any credence to the President’s remarks. They, as well as Trump himself, will mock him and ridicule him and all “others” in our diverse community. Hopefully (and my son says I can not see reality because I’m to much an optimist) there will be enough folks that listen to the President’s comments, look at Trumps deplorable behavior, look at his racist supporters from the various white nationalist groups and do the right thing. Hopefully the Bernie crew will come back to the Dems and vote. All adding to a Clinton win by a undisputable win.

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